96.8 F
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘House Hunters International’ episode is HGTV’s 10th trip to Merida

Latest headlines

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...

The sights, sounds, and flavors of vibrant Chinatown in CDMX

Mexico City’s Chinatown is crowded, frenzied, and chaotic — but in an oddly great sort of way.

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.
Lee Steele
Lee Steele is the founding director of Roof Cat Media and has published Yucatán Magazine and other titles since 2012. Sign up for our weekly newsletters, so our top headlines will appear in your inbox each Monday and Thursday.

[metaslider id=”38726″]

Merida, Yucatan — A young North Carolina family moves to Merida, Mexico, to work remotely and broaden their sons’ horizons. With the kids’ school located halfway between Merida and the beach, they must decide to stay in town or on the Gulf of Mexico.

That’s the only thing we know about tonight’s “House Hunters International.” It’s the franchise’s 10th foray in 10 years filming expats looking for Merida real estate.

The episode, called “Family Magic in Merida,” airs on U.S. television tonight at 10:30, and then replays overnight at 1:30 a.m.

If you miss it, there’s a possibility one might catch it online. The ninth episode, July 2018’s “Nomads Settle Down in Mexico” with Tommo, Megsy and White City Property’s owner Carol Kirby Williams, was available on YouTube for a time, but no longer. HGTV also streams on Hulu.

What’s their budget? What are their tastes? YEL asked HGTV executives for a comment and production images, but they haven’t yet replied.

HGTV has also followed couples looking for homes on the beach, but so far, the network seems to have a distinct taste for the Centro.

For a previous story on House Hunters International’s franchise, the show’s executive producer said that even after the seven episodes already shot at the time, they haven’t exhausted Mérida’s “infinite world of possibilities.”

“It never gets old,” said John Bertholon, who remembers HHI’s first shoot here in 2009, before the Centro housing boom.

“The housing stock — you could get a lot for the money,” Bertholon says. “High ceilings, beautiful courtyards, that was one of the things that attracted us. Now, the prices must have doubled since 2009-2010.”

In 2009, the show’s very first Mérida house hunter spent $60,000 USD on a modest fixer, and toured homes priced no more than $170,000. She also renovated with a budget of $50,000 and a timeline of two months, at least according to the plot line. 

The HHI formula

Many expats are in Yucatán after learning about the community for the first time on “House Hunters International” and similar programs.

The shows recreate a super-condensed home-buying experience in countries around the world. Buyers stroll through three properties, taking a cursory look at the rooms before choosing one.

In real life, episodes are shot after the buyers already bought a home, which should not be a secret to the viewing public. Viewers should think of the program as more of a fun guessing game than reality television.

Production company Leopard USA is on the hunt for a locale that “pops” on the screen. From the people they feature, they look for a “relationship story” — either with a couple, or a single person shopping with a friend.

For their crew, Yucatán is a pleasure to work in, Bertholon said in 2018. 

“It’s a really pleasant place to shoot,” said Bertholon. “Who wouldn’t want to own a home there?”

Related: Does HHI help sell a house? Imagine Merida wants to know.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...

Expats in Mexico face impossible deadline to comply with new tax law

Taxpayers in Mérida wait for their numbers to be called at the SAT office. Photo: File A tax...

What is the Loop Current and how does it affect hurricanes on the Yucatán Peninsula?

A current of warm tropical water is looping unusually far into the Gulf of Mexico for this time of year, with the power to turn tropical storms into monster hurricanes.

Izamal revamps its infrastructure while seeking investment

A walking tour of Izamal includes Mayor Warnel May Escobar and Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal. Photo: Courtesy